The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, about 17 km south of Phnom Penh, is a controversial place which reflects the most barbarous crime committed by the Khmer Rouge during 1975-1979 in Cambodia.
Today, Choeung Ek is a memorial designed in the style of a Buddhist stupa. The stupa has acrylic glass sides and is comprised with more than 5,000 human skulls.
About 17,000 men, women, children and infants including foreigners, detained and tortured at S-21 prison (now Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum), were transported to The Killing Fields and then executed and murdered. Human skulls, all kind of bones and 129 mass graves at the site bear testimony to this unspeakable crime.
After Germany, URSS, China and Rwanda, the Cambodian genocide is the worst genocide ever committed. Making the crimes of the inhuman regime of Khmer Rouge public plays crucial role in preventing Pol Pot from emerging in the lands of Angkor or anywhere on Earth. That´s the reason why travelers are encouraged by the Cambodian government to visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.